Media Storage: Copy Vs. Google Drive

Media Storage: Copy Vs. Google Drive

Driving your home computers across the country to your friend’s house is a poor way to share files. Copy and Google Drive are two ways to make the task easier on you. [Image by Nic McPhee via Flickr]

After watching a recent LockerGnome video, I decided to check out a cloud storage and file sharing service that Chris mentioned called Copy. Among more well-known competitors like Dropbox, Google Drive, and MediaFire, I find Copy to be the easiest to use in the bunch — and earning extra space is a breeze. For the sake of comparison, here’s how I think Copy stacks up next to Google Drive.

Google Drive

Like most Google services, Google Drive is very simple and efficient. If you’re like most people, you probably have some sort of Google account already, so you can use the service with that account without having to fill out another sign up form. Plus, you can sync up your files with your Android phone or tablet. Drive gives you 15 GB of free space, but you can upgrade to 100 GB for $4.99 a month. As a nice little bonus, Google Docs files do not count against your space quota.

There are also other plans, such as 200 GB for $9.99 per month, 400 GB for $19.99 per month, 1 TB for $49.99 per month, and 2 TB for $99.99 per month, but Google offers no affiliate programs to allow you to earn free space on your Drive.

In my opinion (and I do understand that yours may differ), Google Drive has a bland interface.

Copy

Copy is a desktop app-based service that works on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, and Android, and it allows you to share download links with anyone (unlike Google Drive, which requires jumping through a few privacy hoops first).

When you sign into the Web platform at Copy.com, you can browse your uploaded files and even rename, download, and share them.

Copy, like Google Drive, starts you with 15 GB. You can upgrade to more space by paying a bit extra — 250 GB for $9.99 per month (or $99 a year), or 500 GB for $14.99 per month (or $149 a year) — but Copy does offer affiliate links for additional free space, as well. You can even earn more free space just for sharing links to Copy on social media networks such as Twitter.

Google Drive may have the benefit of being at the top of search results for file storage services (owning the Internet’s most popular search engine has its perks), but Google Drive isn’t the only game in town. Even if you happen to like it, I urge you to give Copy (and maybe the other competition out there) a whirl. Like me, you might find Copy better than Google Drive for your particular needs — and it doesn’t have to cost a thing.

Cameron Ryan is a technology enthusiast and professional sound engineer. Cameron spends a lot of time providing technology related content to his own community of followers. He enjoys working and communicating with other technology enthusiasts who share his personal interests.

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